by Kent Sterling
So A-rod brought an empty pistol to a gun fight, as everyone thought from the beginning.
The threat of a lawsuit is almost always a hollow, face-saving gesture that is rescinded long before the plaintiffs are required to testify, and that is no coincidence.
“We plan on pursuing a lawsuit to shine a light on the recklessness of these allegations!” the ‘victim’ yells passionately into the collection of microphones. “We will have our day in court!”
And then, if they aren’t already aware, someone mentions the inconvenient requirement that people with access to the situation will be deposed under oath as part of the lawsuit.
Funny thing, these oaths that require a person to testify truthfully. It turns the brave into cowards, loudmouths into apologists, and dreamers into pragmatists.
“I have decided to spare my family the indignity and expense of a protected legal battle, and have asked my legal team to file the paperwork necessary to end the legal fight,” the formerly brash say in a statement. “It’s time to put this difficult chapter of our lives behind us.”
Putting a frivolous lawsuit behind you is always a better option than facing multiple counts of perjury.
So A-Rod predictably decided to end this nonsense and accept his penally of sitting for a full season.
Fulfilling its part of the bargain, Major League Baseball released the following statement, “We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter.
“We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow major league players. We share that desire.”
Nothing like dropping a lawsuit to prompt a conciliatory message from a former adversary.
Whether A-Rod will return to play baseball in 2015 is to be seen, but with $63 million remaining on his contract from 2015-2017, you can bet he’ll do everything he can to keep himself baseball ready.
Justice is usually served, even if the truth isn’t.